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Aug
24 2009

Peggy Grall

Organizational Change and Transition

President, Peggy Grall & Associates Inc., http://www.peggygrall.com

People can't talk about change without using the f-word: fear. From psychotherapist to executive coach and expert in change, Peggy Grall discusses change and transition and the lessons she brings from her own experience in change. Speaking on dealing with organizational change, she offers tactics for onboarding in a new position, connecting quickly to your new team, and how to create great supporters. Using current events and examples, Peggy Grall explains communication change, crisis change, and how she uses 'Transition Poker' to practice skills in managing change. Learn how to be an effective leader amidst a 'command & control' regime, and use three tips to drive change upwards.



Interview Date: August 2009



Peggy Grall: Blog

May 28 2013

Slowing the Turnover Carousel

from: Peggy Grall - The Change Coach

Syndicated from: Change Bytes


Just a generation ago most people spent their entire careers at the same company. Today employees are likely to work for 5 different companies… before they’re 40.
The debate about why this is happening is rich, but for today, lets look at the “so what?”

This month we’ve been talking about legacies, your legacy, and challenging you with the question, “What do you want to be remembered for when you leave the workplace?” As difficult and disruptive as the turnover carousel is for companies, it also presents you with a perfect opportunity to build your legacy. You may be one of the only people at your company, or in your department, who has been around since the beginning and who fully understands the rationale behind key decisions and how core values really get played out.
Here are a couple of ways you can blend your desire to leave a legacy with your company’s need to “slow the turnover carousel.”

Tap Into Your Inner Historian – Capture your company’s history. Even if your company doesn’t have the most exciting story, tell it anyway. Every company is the story of people pooling their hopes and dreams and turning them into something bigger than themselves. Tell that story; it’s your story too. Then share it with new employees.
Be a Role Model –Just BE the employee your company needs right now; provide new employees a model to work from. The most powerful influencer you have is your life. Live your final working years in integrity.
Integrity: the state of being whole and undivided; the quality of being honest and having strong moral principles; moral uprightness.
True personal integrity is rare and it’s what new employees need to experience the most.
We’d love to hear from you! Use the comments below to tell us about ways you’re “slowing the turnover carousel” at your company and securing your legacy.
Remember, you can change it…and we can help!

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May 14 2013

Blacksmiths Do It; Carpenters Do It…Should You Be Too?

from: Peggy Grall - The Change Coach

Syndicated from: Change Bytes


Throughout much of human history, formal education has been a difficult thing to come by for most people. It wasn’t until the 19th century, when public school systems and universities began to pop up, that formal degrees and diplomas signifying that a person has the skills and abilities to work in a particular profession became available.
Yet, there has always been a need to educate and pass on knowledge. Blacksmiths, carpenters and farmers have historically taken on apprentices, or taught their own children their craft so that knowledge and skills would continue on, and each community would ensure that there was at least one person who knew how to perform crucial functions.

The 21st century has spawned a generation that is one of the best educated in all of human history. But, as universities and high schools have taken over the role of formally educating and preparing students for the workplace, mentoring and apprenticeships have declined.
Education doesn’t equal experience. If you are a Boomer who is leaving the workforce soon, or beginning to prepare for your exit, you have an excellent opportunity to help secure your legacy by reviving the age-old tradition of passing skills and information along, by mentoring a younger colleague.
Do you have industry knowledge that could be helpful to university or high school students interested in your field? Look around you; are you in charge of training any of the newcomers to your company? Does your company offer any official opportunities to mentor? Right now, in your head, you possess one of the greatest assets for your company, for your industry, for your future…your experience! Don’t let that asset go to waste. Find a way to give back and help the next generation be as successful as you have been.
I’d love to hear from you. Use the comment section below to let me know how you’re giving back to the next generation. Are you mentoring with your company or professional affiliation? Are you passing on a family business to your children? Are you writing a book?
Remember, you can change…and we can help!

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Apr 24 2013

Look For The Helpers

from: Peggy Grall - The Change Coach

Syndicated from: Change Bytes


After the type of week we experienced last week, it would be easy to feel depressed about the direction humanity is headed. With man-made bombs intentionally going off in Boston, Iraq, Pakistan, and Afghanistan, and an unintentional bomb exploding in West, Texas all this violence and hate is enough to give you the sense that things are going very wrong. But, as is usually the case in life, focusing on these scenes of destruction really doesn’t give us the full picture. Even during all the turmoil there were people doing good things, helping total strangers, proving just how great people can be when they are motivated by a sense of purpose. As I watched the news coverage for the Boston Marathon bombing, I couldn’t help but be reminded of a famous quote by Mr. Rogers:

“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.’ To this day, especially in times of ‘disaster,’ I remember my mother’s words and I am always comforted by realizing that there are still so many helpers – so many caring people in this world. 
Just minutes after the bombs went off you could see several people running toward the smoke, looking for ways to help. They were there, the helpers, proving that even at the darkest moments there are those shining a light.
Maybe your work environment, too, feels chaotic and filled with turmoil. Maybe you feel hopeless and depressed by the changes you see all around you. Perhaps you need to take a tip from Mr. Rogers and look for the helpers in your office, for those who are trying to make things better. If you don’t see any, then maybe it’s time for you to become a helper.
I would love to hear your stories of the helpers in your life. Use the comments below to tell me about a time when you, or someone you know, jumped headlong into a moment of crisis.
Remember, you can change…we can help!

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